I remember being in school many years ago and studying for an exam. I workedÂ days and sometimes weeks prepping, so I would do well. But somehow thatÂ strategy got lost when 'succeeding' in the health and weight-loss area. IÂ too often find that I haven't stocked up the mini fridge I keep by my deskÂ with Greek yogurt, fruit and baby carrots ('no time', I tell myself, whenÂ the nearest grocery store is 5 minutes away...by foot), leaving me headingÂ for the vending machine when hunger pangs hit. And there are mornings I justÂ don't set my alarm early for my workout ('I'm sure one of my kids will wakeÂ me up', I say to myself before shutting off the light). Needless to say, IÂ miss my morning cardio. But--as we so often say in Shape--skipping theÂ necessary prep work will set your goals back a notch. So I'm going back to aÂ school-age mentality and making sure I put a priority on advance planning.Â That way, I have the tools in place to make getting an A+ in health andÂ fitness possible.
One daily change: Spend just 5 minutes thinking about what you want toÂ accomplish tomorrow; write a list and figure out what you need to prepare orÂ buy to succeed. So simple, so effective.